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Data Center Networking Learning Series

Explore data center networking training modules that will take you from understanding the initial product configurations all the way to more advanced topics including operations, management, compliance, assurance, and troubleshooting. Each module will have multiple sub modules that will show you specific step-by-step configuration tasks for a better understanding of the data center networking solutions.

ACI training modules

Build and maintain the initial ACI fabric, perform firmware upgrades and configure basic management services including network time protocol (NTP) and out-of-band (OOB) management.

Title Description
Cabling the fabric Learn how to connect the switches to other switches and the APICs.
Initial APIC deployment Learn to perform initial APIC configurations and access the APIC from the web browser.
Fabric discovery and adding new switches See how ACI automates the fabric creation process by performing automatic switch discovery and configurations.
Performing upgrades Learn to perform necessary firmware upgrades on APIC and the switches.
Configuring basic services Learn how to configure basic network services including out-of-band (OOB) management and network time protocol (NTP).

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Network Assurance Engine Training Modules

Learn to build, deploy, configure, install, and make changes to your network proactively and confidently using Cisco NAE to reduce MTTD/R, shrink change window, harden security posture with preventive detection and resources utilization planning.

Title Description
NAE configuration compliance Learn how you can utilize Cisco NAE 4.0 for compliance analysis to be compliant with your Data Center network requirements.
NAE installation and deployment Learn how you can deploy Cisco NAE onto your ESXi cluster, connect to Cisco ACI fabric and start monitoring.
NAE offline analysis Learn the process of creating Assurance groups, setting up your offline analysis with Cisco NAE and offline file management.
NAE requirements Learn the requirements and pre-requisites for Cisco NAE installation.
Make data center changes confidently with Cisco NAE Learn how Cisco Network Assurance Engine (NAE) allows network operators to make changes confidently, reduce uncertainty in migrations, eliminate stale configurations and drift, and prevent outages.
Network Assurance Engine (NAE) - Make Changes Confidently with Pre-change Analysis Learn how NAE's pre-change analysis feature can simulate real production environment and models your changes to tell you their impact and how it affects your network.  
Network Assurance Engine (NAE) - Compliance Assurance Learn how Network Assurance Engine continuously audits and analyzes network configurations, assure network policies and check for compliance against business rules and business intent.  

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Network Insights training modules

Learn to install Cisco NI to monitor hardware and software telemetry data over time to identify anomalies in the fabric to help automate troubleshooting, perform root-cause analysis, capacity planning and remediation of unscheduled outages and reduce overall downtime in your network.

Title Description
Cisco Network Insights Advisor Functionality Take a look at the NIA user interface, starting with Dashboard. NIA provides notifications on security advisories, critical bugs, end-of-life and end-of-support announcements and recommended software and hardware upgrades.
Network Insights Advisor Functionality - Authentication Configuration & Policy Strengthening This demo covers AAA authentication configuration and policy strengthening based on the advisory on issues and anomalies that NIA identifies in the network. The Cisco® Network Insights Advisor (NIA) application enables customers to prevent unscheduled outages and lower downtime for their data center networks by providing proactive notifications covering security advisories, critical bugs, end-of-life and end-of-support announcements and recommended software and hardware upgrades based on platforms, deployed software, and features.
Network Insights Advisor Functionality - Software Advisory on PSIRT Learn how NIA identifies a PSIRT that impacts this network affected devices, recommends software version upgrade paths, upgrade impact of each path, and whether it is disruptive or non-disruptive.
Network Insights Advisor Functionality - Hardware and Software Life Cycle Management Learn more about how NIA identifies devices in the network running EoL/EoS software, recommends software version, upgrade paths, and upgrade impact of each path (disruptive or non-disruptive).
Network Insights Advisor Functionality - TAC Assist Logs Collection and Upload Capability Learn how NIA speeds up troubleshooting by collecting the necessary data for Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) service requests in case of issues.
Cisco Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality for Cisco DCNM Learn how Cisco Network Insights Resources (NIR) functionality monitors and records hardware and software telemetry data over time to identify Anomalies in the fabric and help automate troubleshooting, and more.
Cisco Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality for Cisco ACI Learn how Cisco Network Insights Resources (NIR) functionality monitors and records hardware and software telemetry data over time to identify Anomalies in the fabric and help automate troubleshooting.
Cisco Network Insights Advisor (NIA) Functionality for Cisco DCNM Learn how Cisco Network Insights Advisor (NIA) functionality provides proactive notifications covering security advisories, critical bugs, EoL and EoS announcements, recommends software upgrades and more.
Identify Environmental Anomalies with Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality Learn how NIR Provides visibility into usage patterns of hardware components, such as CPU, memory, fan speeds, and temperature.
Network Insights Resources (NIR) - Identify Network Flow Anomalies and Packet Drops Learn how NIR Minimizes critical troubleshooting time through automated root-cause analysis of data plane anomalies, such as packet drops, latency, workload movements, routing issues, ACL drops, etc. 
Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality - Statistics and Event Analytics This module shows Interface and protocol statistics thereby exposing interface utilization and the protocol density per node.  
Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality - Identify Network Anomalies - Latency Issues In this module, learn how NIR minimizes critical troubleshooting time through automated root-cause analysis of data plane anomalies, such as packet drops, latency, workload movements, routing issues, ACL drops, etc.  
Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality on Cisco DCNM - UI Walkthrough Learn how NIR monitors and records hardware and software telemetry data over time to identify Anomalies in the fabric and help automate troubleshooting, root-cause analysis, capacity planning and remediation.   
Network Insights Resources (NIR) Functionality on Cisco ACI UI Walkthrough This demo shows what the NIR dashboard looks like and what data is analyzed and presented. Cisco Network Insights for Resources (NIR) Application monitors and records hardware and software telemetry data over time to identify anomalies in the fabric. 

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